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Hatzalah meets with NYS government officials in Albany

by The Friedlander Group

Series of important meeting between Chevrah Hatzalah and NYS State
officials were held in Albany.

Around the table L-R: NYS Senator Simcha Felder, NYS Senator Martin Golden, Zelig Gitelis , Isaac Stern, NYS Senator Andrew J Lanza, NYS Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan

Chevra Hatzalah ( is the largest all-volunteer Ambulance Service in the United States, providing premium quality pre-hospital emergency medical treatment and transportation at no cost to all who need it, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity.

L-R: Abe Wurzberger, Issac Unger, Zelig Gitelis, NYS Senator Elaine Phillips, Isaac Stern, Yomtov Malik, Avi Fertig Special Assistant to the Majority Leader

The purpose of these meetings was both to develop a close working relationship with members of the State legislature and brief them regarding the scope of Hatzalah’s reach into the communities that they represent and to provide an opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding for any future issues that may arise.

Private meetings were held with: Senator Marisol Alcantara of Manhattan who represents the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Clinton, Upper West Side, Inwood, Harlem, Washington Heights); Susan Grelick, Counsel and Legislative Director to NYS Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and NYS Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, Senators Simcha Felder, Martin Golden, Andrew Lanza, Elaine Phillips and Avi Fertig Special Assistant to the Majority Leader.

A very productive Meet-and-Greet was hosted by Assemblymember Helene Weinstein who chairs the powerful Ways and Means Committee that was attended by:
Assemblymembers Bobby Carroll, Steven Cymbrowitz, Harvey Epstein, Dov Hikind, Charles D. Lavine, Stacey Pheffer Amato, Daniel Rosenthal, Nily Rozic, Latrice Walker, Helene E. Weinstein, David Weprin, NYS Senator Leroy Comrie.

“On behalf of my colleagues Zelig Gitelis, Issac Unger, Yomtov Malik, Abe Wurzberger, I want to express our sincere appreciation for the productive conversations that took place up in Albany. Everyone understands the vital and humanitarian role of every Hatzolah volunteer; we therefore look forward to close collaborative relationships with our government officials so that we can enhance the effectives of our service to every New Yorker who avail themselves of Hatzalah’s emergency services should the need arise” said Isaac Stern an executive board member of Chevrah Hatzalah.

Around the table L-R: NYS Assemblymember Bobby Carroll, NYS Senator Leroy Comrie, Abe Wurzberger, Yomtov Malik, Isaac Stern, NYS Assemblymember David Weprin, Zelig Gitelis

Around the table: NYS Assemblymember Helene E. Weinstein, Zelig Gitelis, NYS Assemblymember Charles D. Lavine, Issac Unger, Yomtov Malik, NYS Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal, NYS Assemblymember Dov Hikind, Isaac Stern, Abe Wurzberger

Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Mrs. Miriam Silber (back) L-R:  Isaac Stern, Abe Wurzberger, NYS Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato


Hatzlah Board Members meeting with NYS Assemblymember Harvey Epstein (head) to his left NYS Assemblymember Nily Rozic, Mrs, Weinstein (Assemblymember Weinstein’s mother, NYS Assemblymember Helene E. Weinstein

L-R: Yomtov Malik, Zelig Gitelis, Isaac Stern, NYS Senator Marisol Alcantara, Abe Wurzberger, Issac Unger

Private meeting with NYS Senator Marisol Alcantara

Photo credit: Chevrah Hatzalah

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